Chairman and founder of Eleganza Group of Companies Rasaq Okoya has congratulated President-elect Bola Tinubu on winning the February 25 election.
In a statement on Thursday posted on Instagram by his wife Shade Okoya, the manufacturing guru also prayed for a peaceful and successful term for Tinubu and his deputy Kashim Shettima.
The statement said, “The Chairman and founder, Chief (Dr.) Rasaq Akanni Okoya CON., a veteran in the manufacturing sector and an elder citizen sends his hearty congratulations to our dear President-Elect, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-Elect, His Excellency Kashim Shettima on a well-deserved victory. He prays for a peaceful and successful term.”
Okoya said he hoped Tinubu would prioritise the industrialisation of the country.
“It is the earnest hope of our Chairman that the President-elect makes the industrialization of the entire country a cardinal goal by helping promote manufacturing and the establishment of mid-sized cottage industries/factories during his tenure,” the statement read.
“As a suggestion, this could be achieved through incubation centres that will be domiciled in warehouses of approximately 5000 sqm size per cluster (one unit).
“These centres will be seen as special economic zones and will serve as Industrial infrastructure required for the conversion of raw agricultural materials into finished products, as well as that of other consumer products spread across all sectors of the economy which can also be manufactured in these clusters.
“The President-elect can then invite various (Chinese) machine manufacturers and that of many other countries alike to come and train our graduates in vocational skills, while also providing much needed technology transfer through the sales of machineries, and equipments to facilitate the manufacturing of different products and components as opposed to the importation of finished products, to conserve our precious foreign exchange.”
Okoya also praised Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for “building on the foundation laid down by the President-elect” in making Lagos the centre of excellence.